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Poster: light into ashes Date: Aug 16, 2012 1:41pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: playing while tripping

Bear said they would dose on Saturdays - which makes sense, because the Acid Tests were all on Saturdays.
It's rather remarkable that at most of the actual Acid Test shows we have, the band sounds pretty put-together.

One show where I think it's pretty obvious is 5/7/69. They're perhaps even more messed-up than Woodstock. (Remember at Woodstock that it wasn't just acid, there was also the slight matter of a collapsing stage & constant electric shocks.)

But in general, I don't think we can tell the 'straight' shows from the 'tripping' shows. Especially when, at that stage, the music itself was designed to be trippy...born out of acid, so to speak.

Garcia did mention (tho I can't remember just where) that by the '70s they tried to avoid getting too dosed before shows since it would just mess up the playing.

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Poster: Arck Date: Aug 16, 2012 8:53pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: playing while tripping

Yeah, I agree. It's quite ironic to be trying to tell when these guys were dosed when, as you say, at least for the early days every note of the music was arguably born out of LSD.

Sam Cutler refers to dosing with the group at the Capitol Theatre in 1970. I can't if he says which show it was or if its even possible to tell but my memory tells me it was one of the March shows.

There's also the '78 show on one of the Dick's Picks when they laugh through everything but that's well known as the mescaline show.

I'm just previewing some of the Polo Field tracks. What a mess. They sound completely baffled by what they're doing.

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Poster: light into ashes Date: Aug 17, 2012 12:30am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: playing while tripping

It was either 3/20 or 3/21/70 in Cutler's book... I haven't read it in a while, so I don't remember if he wrote about dosing *with* the band or dosing *others*... There were plenty of shows where 'refreshments' were served to the audience or to naive bystanders, but we can't assume the band indulged.
Those Port Chester shows in particular sure don't sound like the band's out of it at all.

So there aren't really set guidelines to determine which were the 'tripping' shows... Like 5/5/67, the band sounds super-high in the stage banter, and yet the playing itself is telepathically tight. That New Potato Caboose could be Exhibit A for the benefits of LSD! If that's how they could play when they were wasted...